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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - Last June, the Mayor of Rio announced he wanted to turn Avenida Rio Branco into a pedestrian mall and eliminate ALL motor vehicles from downtown on a Saturday. That didn’t happen. Nothing daunted, Hizzoner announced last week that on Wednesday, September 22nd he’s going to ban curbside parking downtown, in honor of World Carfree Day.

The ban doesn’t say you can’t drive downtown; it just says that you can’t park your car on any street within a roughly square . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.